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Dec 8, 2012 2:00am PST
certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. gwen: but given the lessons of libya and egypt, what -- places where we intervened and felt we had, to what does take action mean? >> to lower expectations about what we can achieve by intervention. the situation in syria was getting so much that the costs of inaction were becoming so high they outweighed the risk of doing nothing. clearly the administration has come to that point. the radicalization of the opposition is one big point. they worry if he loses control it might fall into the hands of an al qaeda-type group. they also worry that that group might be the strongest group post assad and that sweg ways into an afghanistan kind of nightmare. it's spilling over to all the neighbors, many of whom are close allies of ours, jordan, turkey. i felt the administration thought it had to take a lot more assertive action. >> what is the pressure of russia, on moscow to dole with this? they've been backing their ally syria. where are they? >> secretary clinton met with the foreign minister of russia a couple of days ag
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Dec 3, 2012 12:00pm PST
action the whole of the whitehall bureaucracy which has worked quite efficiently under neville chamberlain. he was not a fool. he was a good administrator but churchill has these famous, what would now be like post-it kind of things which says action this dayment and if he wants some minor bureaucrat to get going on an issue, he put, you know, action today on a memo. he's interrogating the whole bureaucracy, kind of like john kennedy used to do. don't just take it from the immediate person below you. find out what's going on. and you can see in some of the diaries of civil servants this sense that suddenly the machine is just gearing up to a completely different level. and 245 sense of a dynamo at work is the other thing that is really important. >> and it is, of course, a conjunction of him realizing that his position is unique. i felt as if i was walking with destiny. but also the conjunction is with a nation and a people who are at a unique point in their history. it's very easy now to just forget the degree of isolation, physical ice laying of great britain at that point. o
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Dec 4, 2012 12:00pm PST
type of western action. now, depending -- the pentagon has drawn up preliminary plans to send as many as 75,000 troops into syria to secure these chemical weapons sites, but as of just today there have been no signs that any of those forces have been put on alert or there was any detail planning to do this. so there was some question here of whether assad may be calling t president's bluff. >> rose: and what exactly do you think they would be prepared to do and what would trigger that? clearly the movement of them. but it is more or less than that? >> well, u.s. intelligence officials were watching very closely the movement of syrian forces and in also trying to divine the intentions of president assad. clearly the rebels in syria have had a very good few -- past few weeks and making advances on the capital of damascus and president assad really feels like his back may be up against the wall. but is he desperate enough now to play this card which would almost certainly draw some kind of western response. >> rose: one more time, the red line is simply moving the chemical weapons? >> we
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Dec 14, 2012 8:00pm PST
have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. gwen: but what if anything can or will government do about it? the newtown shootings provide more fodder for a debate that interestingly enough we didn't even have in the 2012 presidential election. any sign so far anything will be different, reid? >> i think there were. i think the signs were those two words president obama used, meaningful action. we haven't heard him talk about actually doing something about gun violence, about gun control in his first four years. instead we heard a lot of discussion about the second amendment and respect for the sort of existing laws on the book, enforcing the existing laws on the book. the only time we ever heard about gun control during the presidential campaign was when he was asked during the town hall debate on long island, and he started out sort of discussing what he would do to ban assault weapons by talking about how important the second amendment was. this now has changed. he's never running for re-election again. he doesn'
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Dec 14, 2012 3:00pm PST
. and we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. this evening michelle and i will do what i know every parent in america will do which is have our children a little tighter, and we'll tell them that we love them. and we'll remind each other how deeply we love one another. but there are families in connecticut without can to the do that tonight. and they need all of us right now. in the hard days to come that community needs us to be at our best as americans, and i will do everything in my power as president to help. because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need, to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories but also in ours. may god bless the memory of the victims. and in the word its of scripture, heal the broken hearted, and bind up their wounds. >> woodruff: ray suarez reports on how the day unfolded. >> suarez: the 9-1-1 c
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Dec 14, 2012 4:00pm PST
year and america and mr. obama said that the country must take action. >> a friday morning with chris this looming. -- christmas shooting. moments later, heavily armed officers went in and it terrified children aged between 5-10 were being carried out. >> i saw some of the bullets going past the hall that i was right next to and then the teacher pulled me into her classroom. we heard shots and everyone went on the ground. >> we all went over to a corner and the teacher was to keep us until the police officers. >> they had machine guns. >> i heard seven loud booms and then the teachers told us to go in the corner. we all huddled. i kept hearing these booming noises. >> as alarmed parents rushed back to the school, are the reports told of the gun at confronting a children and three -- confronting a teacher. it became clear that this was murdered on a horrific scale. >> there were fatalities, there was 18 children that were pronounced dead at the school. there were two that were transported to area hospitals and were pronounced dead at the hospital. there was six adults pronounced dead a
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Dec 27, 2012 1:00am PST
moves to fix the damage. >> what forces action after we pass the deadline is the public reaction to it. and so i think the big question is going to be what happens in the real economy, how frustrated are average americans that their paycheck is meaningfully smaller? and if that is a massive reaction, then they'll get a quick response. >> reporter: while u.s. markets have been fairly weak lately, they have not yet registered true alarm at the prospect of deadlock in washington. it seems many investors see the fiscal cliff as a slope that will only gradually impact the economy. but washington analysts believe investors may be underestimating the prospect 2013 will roil the economy with a series of fights over taxes, government shut downs and debt limit increases. >> i actually had one hedge fund manager say to me, "oh, they'd never allow to go over the cliff, because they, they being members of congress, would be embarrassed by this. and i don't think wall street understands what it actually takes to embarrass a member of congress on these kinds of issues. >> reporter: if an agreement is
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Dec 19, 2012 6:00pm PST
. >> ifill: the school shootings that shook the nation sparked a new call to action at the white house today. the president vowed to have proposals ready for the new congress that convenes next month. somber scenes of mourning played out once again today in newtown, connecticut. while in washington, president obama walked into the white house briefing room named for james brady-- the press secretary critically wounded in the shooting of president reagan in 1981-- to talk about gun violence. >> the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> ifill: instead, in the wake of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school, mr. obama said, "this time, the words need to lead to action" on gun violence. >> the vast majority of responsible law abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible law breaking few from buying a weapon of war. i'm willing to bet that they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas. there is a big chunk of space between what the 2nd amendment means a
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Dec 17, 2012 4:00pm PST
obama is serious about turning the motion on display here in to political action, it will be immensely hard. rage against him, lobby groups, even in america's supreme court. the american people might be the real problem. a ban on military assault rifles could be possible. some see the ownership as a symbol of their freedom and sales are booming. >> yesterday was the biggest we've ever had in 20 years. today we will probably eclipsed that. >> gun supporters are keeping silent at the moment. many think this type of emotions well and that. others say this is the present moment. >> we are the only industrialized country that has this problem. the only one. that is why we need immediate action from the president and congress. it should be at the top of their agenda. >> a heavily armed young man has brought death to his home town. america's agonizing about whether the love affair with guns is to blame and could last as long as the family's grief. abc news, newtown, conn.. >> the service that president obama spoke at was called an interface -- interfaith service. there are some from
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Dec 10, 2012 4:00pm PST
their actions -- they are struggling to cope with the unintended consequences of their actions. >> there is nothing that could make me feel worse than i do right now. we're so sorry. >> in london, that people who knew jacintha saldanha paid tribute to her humanity. >> she cared for my father at this time of need. she was a wonderful nurse. it is very disappointing to have lost her. >> the hospital repeated that she had not been reprimanded over the prank calls and pledged to do everything to help per family. the hospital announced the creation of a special memorial fund contribute to some monday described as an outstanding nurse. it will support her family -- to someone they described as an outstanding nurse. an inquest will begin the task of trying to understand what drove a dedicated nurse to her death. >> a prank call that had horrible consequences. let's go to new york or there has been an outcome in a sexual assault case involving dominique strauss-kahn. the former imf chief was accused of rape, but he has avoided an embarrassing jury trial by reaching a financial settleme
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Dec 26, 2012 4:00pm PST
of a class-action lawsuit taken out against the company by u.s. car drivers. there was a mass recall. the deal will cover the cost of installing a free break override system and millions of vehicles affected by that recall and cash payments to those who sold their vehicles or decide to say no to the break override system. you'll remember toyota has had several problems of the past 18 months or so. it looks like it is agreeing to pay $1.1 billion to settle a class-action -- that is an american legal concept which has spread where all the people affected by the same problem get together and they go through the american legal system. we will get more on that as soon as we can. within the last few hours, the former south african president, nelson mandela, has been discharged from hospital. he spent several weeks and treatment. he also had an operation to remove gall stones. he was in good spirits when visited by the current president on christmas day. a statement said that he would receive home-based care at his residence in johannesburg. storms have battered large areas of the united st
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm PST
american people should not have to wait and see is some sort of action so if we don't see an agreement between the two leaders in the senate, i expect a bill to go on the floor. and i've asked senator reid to do this, put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on middle-class families don't go up. that unemployment insurance is still available for 2 million people, and that lays the groundwork then for additional deficit reduction and economic growth steps that we can take in the new year. >> all of this still developing. and we will have more on all of it with mark shields and david brooks later in the program. >> also ahead >> warner: also ahead, between now and then; protesting a gang rape in india; mass producing high quality education and remembering general norman schwarzkopf. but first, the other news of the day. here's kwame holman. >> holman: the u.s. economy has dodged a potentially crippling strike at ports up and down the east coast and gulf coast at least, for now. the longshoremen's union agreed today to extend its existing contract by another month. that word cam
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Dec 3, 2012 6:00pm PST
after complaining of headaches and a deteriorating memory. the nfl faces a class-action lawsuit filed last july by thousands of former nfl players and their families citing lack of disclosure about potential dangers. for more we're joined by a neurologist and codirector of the center for the study of traumatic c.t.e. at boston university and mark fainaru-wada, investigative reporter with espn who is working on a documentary about this subject for front line. let me start with you. what do you see is the key finding from this study that perhaps we didn't know before? >> well, this study, this disease chronic traw ma'am i cannen self-op thee has been around since the 1920s. there has only been a smattering of reports. in this paper we more than doubled the world's experience with this disorder and take it from the very beginning where it first affects the nervous system, where it affects the nervous system and then we see it expand progressively in older and older individuals until it really is a destructive disease that affects most of the brain. >> brown: just to be clear here,
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Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
cuts for all income groups. in a joint statement, they said, "the house will take... action on whatever the senate can pass, but the senate first must act. " president obama returned early from hawaii today, still pushing to extend tax cuts for the middle class, but raise rates on the well-off. aides said he made phone calls last night to speaker boehner and house minority leader nancy pelosi, as well as senator reid and his opposite number, minority leader mitch mcconnell. but today, mcconnell gave no indication of movement. >> last night i told the president we'd be happy to look at whatever he proposes, but the truth is we're coming up against a hard deadline here, and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. and republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> reporter: adding to the urgency, treasury secretary timothy geithner warned he'll have to begin taking "extraordinary measures" to postpone a government default. the government is on track to hit
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Dec 11, 2012 3:00pm PST
suspensions of four current and former new orleans saints. tagliabue said actions by team coaches and others had contaminated the case. he did agree that three of the players should be fined. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to ray. >> suarez: cairo is the scene of mass rallies again tonight. demonstrators on both sides of the upcoming referendum are on the streets of the capital. their refrain was "bread, freedom and sharia" or islamic law from supporters of president mohammed morsi in cairo. morsi, morsi, they chanted. reporters also gathered in the coastal city of alexandria this evening, just days before a referendum on a draft constitution. it would affirm many tenets of sharia as the law of the land. >> i support the president. i think that opponents of the president claim that egypt would turn into an islamic state. but the reality is if they do not want a constitution that contains islamic law and they fear the growth of the islamic political current. >> suarez: back in cairo, morsi's opponents gathered again, separated from the president's muslim brotherhood back
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Dec 17, 2012 6:00pm PST
bloomberg joined survivors and victims' relatives demanding action. >> last night the president said he would use whatever powers his office holds to address this violence. i think it is critical that he do so. words alone cannot heal our nation. only action can do that. gun violence is a national epidemic and a national tragedy that demands more than words. >> suarez: the mayor urged congress to reinstate a ban on assault-style weapons like the bushmaster a.r.15 rifle that adam lanza used friday. versions of that gun were outlawed in 1994 but the ban expired in 2004. a new poll out today from abc and the "washington post" found 54% of americans support stricter gun laws in general. still 71% oppose banning the sale of handguns. and in addition to gun control, there are new appeals to identify and help treat potentially troubled individuals before there's a tragedy. connecticut governor dan maloy spoke this afternoon in hartford. >> are we doing enough from a meantal health perspective to reach out to kids and families who are obviously in trouble? my sense is we are not. and we need to
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Dec 13, 2012 6:00pm PST
instrumental in putting together the geneva communication in the actions of the meeting with the foreign minister and participation of kofi annan who was the secretary general's special envoy which provides for the steps which are necessary in order to have a political conclusion to the crisis in syria. we agreed just recently with americans in a meeting with mr. brahimi participated in and mr. burns from the u.s. state department that they continue to be the only consensus realistic basis for a political outcome. so this is our platform. >> woodruff: let me ask you, mr. ambassador. if you're saying it's up to the syrians, isn't that really saying we just let the two sides continue to fight it out no matter what the cost in lives is? what is it, 40,000 syrians have already died? two million have been displaced. a half million refugees. >> what we're saying is completely the opposite. the goals should be putting together a national transitional body composed of representatives from the government and the opposition which are acceptable to each other sometimes the future or the stepping do
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Dec 21, 2012 6:00pm PST
thinking that only delay meaningful action, and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away. the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. you know, five years ago, after the virginia tech tragedy, when i said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. but what if, when adam lanza started shooting his way into sandy hook elementary school last friday, he had been confronted by qualified armed security? will you at least admit it's possible that 26 little kids, that 26 innocent lives might have been spared? is that so abhorrent to you that you would rather continue to risk the alternative? i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation, and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in january. the nra is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model national school shield emergency response program for every school that w
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Dec 19, 2012 7:00pm PST
predicated on some future action and we'll have to kick the can down the road again. that's my fear as well. >> tom: if you're anxious about the fiscal cliff, you're not alone, still ahead, how some americans are cutting back, and how the cliff is impacting both investor and consumer behavior. stocks headed south on wall street as debate over the fiscal cliff heated up in washington. adding to those worries, word that fitch ratings repeated its threat to strip the u.s. of its triple "a" credit rating if we go over the cliff. the dow fell 99 points, the nasdaq lost 10, the s&p down 11. >> tom: u.b.s., the big swiss bank, is putting accusations of interest rate manipulation behind it. the bank will pay $1.5 billion to settle charges of rigging a key international lending rate. the u.s. justice department also filed criminal charges against two u.b.s. traders, and a unit of the bank itself. the agency calls the bank's conduct, "simply astonishing." >> hundreds of trillions of dollars in mortgages, student loans, credit card debt, financial derivatives and other financial products worldwide are
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Dec 29, 2012 2:00am PST
take more meaningful action to prevent more acts like this regardless of the politics. gwen: how evolved is he now, michael? >> well, you know, getting re-elected changes every president. barack obama will be changed by his election as well the question is whether for good or if ill? when you get re-elected, you come back. you've been reaffirmed. the public loves you even by three points an you start dreaming big. you don't have to worry about the polls. it's clear obama wants to go in that direction. he's talking about this big -- doing a fiscal solution whether now or later some time this year. he's talking about immigration reform. has another set of agenda items. let's think about this for the state of the union. you can hear in his voice some different things already. he's drawing firmer red lines. in public, even tonight when he talked, there's a little more steel, a little more firmness than what he said. zpwoin that because he has this mandate he talks about. he said his mandate wasn't his mandate. it was the american people. he also said in the last few days that he didn
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Dec 13, 2012 4:00pm PST
invoke contemplation in the viewer. heyman and chose to assault it with an ink pen. he said his action was itself a work of art, part of a movement he co-founded, which argues that anything can be art. the judge sentencing him today for criminal damage did not buy the argument, saying it was unacceptable to promote his movement by damaging a work of art which was a gift to the nation. he handed out a two year jail term, which according to the man's friend, was a bit harsh. >> he is not guilty, from my point of view, because he did something new. now, it is two years in prison. i think it is too long. >> the incident took place in september at the tate modern. the man casually walked up to the painting and wrote on it. it took moments to perpetrate. because of complex printing techniques, the damage will take a great deal of effort, money, and time to repair. the ink soaked all the way through the canvas, affecting layer after layer of specially- mixed paint. >> it is extremely complicated. it takes a lot of thought and a lot of experimentation before you can even come to touching the p
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Nov 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
he maintained was going to be temporary. the actions amount to a coup against democracy. >> a marathon 16-hour session, the assembly rushed through the new draft constitution. the few remaining liberals and christians notice what they say is too much emphasis on islam in the draft. egyptian law should follow the principles of the islamic law, like the old constitution. and this they will protect the true nature of the egyptian family and protect morals and values, something could be used to compose islamic values. they don't like the fact that the constitution has no guaranteed equality of both men and women. as soon as there is a referendum on the constitution, he will give up his controversial powers. >> we are passing through a very short but very important phase. >> nobel prize winner says that the draft constitution should be put in a garbage can of history. and once again, the protesters are forcing noisy opposition. >> they never divided the egyptians, we have no understanding if he is the president of egypt or the of the muslim brotherhood. they can only deepen and har
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Dec 24, 2012 4:00pm PST
incident. people want a strong action from -- from thent's government. until then, they are prepared to keep the heat on. >> a delay until tuesday. the constitution in egypt was supposed to be passed, but now, the electoral commission says they will be looking at allegations of irregularities in the voting process. we were sent this report from cairo. >> egypt, on the brink of a new era. for weeks now, this country has been gripped by political turmoil. there is a lot at stake. egyptians have been waiting on a new constitution, and an early tally says more than 60% voted yes, but the result is not official yet. the guests of voters cannot get a victory for morsi and his supporters, and they say it will help egypt get back on track. >> there was not any blood spilled. the egyptian should be happy that it was approved. >> but it is very controversial. in the run-up to the referendum, of violent clashes broke out at the presidential palace in cairo. critics fear the charter could give islamists too much power. some are worried they will not be protected, and the opposition says it will
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Dec 16, 2012 5:00pm PST
political action committees and republican control of congress, they can't cut entitlements now. when they do eventually become a problem that will require some immediate action, they know that it will involve higher revenues. and the higher revenues are going to be on them. if you check any poll, you find overwhelming support for raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 and raising taxes on corporations. and so i think they're trying to fend that off. bill moyers: obama campaigned on higher rates. and he won. why can't republicans come to terms with that that's how the election came out? yves smith: the republicans have become very dedicated to the idea that taxes in any form are bad. that when, in fact, there are times when taxes can fund productive investments and actually, again, lead to more economic growth. but it's the republicans and ironically, wall street, have basically adopted the same strategy of being non-negotiable. that if they have a blocking position, and they feel that they have a blocking position by virtue of their majority in the house, that they're goin
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Dec 7, 2012 12:00am PST
it comes to action, you par. extraordinary. >> well thank you very very much. that was a very logistically challenging sequence to shoot, but fascinating. i mean obviously. >> rose: why fascinating. >> why fascinating. because just learning about the methodology how the special forces operate. for instance you know the way they move, there's a kind of methodical nature to the way they move, very careful, very considered. and having to shoot in a quote/unquote low light condition because it was meant to be a moonless night. so we were shooting, we decided, we opted for a digital format in order to do that. we also used real night vision lenses that we put on to the lens themselves. so then we had to go into of no light conditions so that those lenses would operate, they would operate, you know, to the best of their ability. so that was basically we had to figure out all the logistics, all the choreography. we built that compound from the ground up, and it had to be built with a really pretty serious foundation because of the black helicopters and the roto wash would have taken
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Dec 24, 2012 3:00pm PST
government. this past july u.s. attorney melinda hague filed forfeiture action against them. that means that the buildings could be seized dispensary shut down. it's all part of ongoing federal crackdown on pot in california. >> one of the reasons we are making these announcements today to try to put to rest the notion that large marijuana businesses can shelter themselves under state law and operate without fear of federal enforcement. >> henry, the lead attorney for harbor side, says in the past year hundreds of california dispensaries have been shut down. >> up until now every time the federal government has attempted to close down a dispensary through forfeiture action they have closed their doors and moved on. i suspect that that's what they thought was going to happen with harbor side but they got a big surprise. >> shortly after they received the notice, harbor side announced they would contest the case. and in october they received an unlikely ally, the city of oakland. city own barbara parker filed suited against the federal government. parker says oakland has already hea
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Dec 11, 2012 12:00pm PST
where the next wave is. that's where the action is. what we're saying is, look, industrial companies stay out of that at their own peril. it's no longer a day where you say "i'm going to make the engine and let a software guy decide how it flies." that's what we're focused on. >> rose: are there businesses that still now are in the part of g.e. that you want to spin off or do you have the core companies for the future? >> i think we've got the best portfolio we've had in a decade. financial services is a lot smaller than the last time i was on your show, for obvious reasons. but we're in the range of 60% to 70% of the country is industrial 30% to 40% is financial. that's a pretty good balance for us. so i'd say we're about where we'd like to see the company and places where we have real competitive advantage. >> rose: someone once said the way to judge g.e. executives-- this may have been one of your predecessors-- is how they allocate capital and evaluate people. do you agree with that? >> i think there are certain core competencys that go with the company that we do as a
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Dec 6, 2012 3:00pm PST
from progressing and that morsi ha had to take extraordinary action to prevent that from happening. but the other side of the story is that what morsi is now doing is forcing a popular vote which undoubtedly would approve this draft constitution and then there will be parliamentary elections but it will be difficult to amend the constitution in the future. that takes two-thirds of the parliament and non-islamists know they're not going to have that. >> warner: how do you interpret his televised speech tonight? we don't have all the words, he read them in arabic but was he extending any olive branch by saying "let's have a dialogue starting saturday" or is he taking a hard line? >> i watched morsi's speech and he offered a very small crumb, i would say, to the opposition. he said that the part of the november 22 decree in which he basically gives himself any power necessary to protect the revolution has been misunderstood and he would be all right with canceling that part of it. and he invited them a dialogue with them -- with him. however the dialogue is to be on saturday which is
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Dec 21, 2012 12:00pm PST
. >> we house republicans are taking concrete actions to avoid the fiscal cliff. absent a balanced offer from the president, this is our nation's best option. and senate democrats should take up both of these measures immediately. and the president has a decision to make. he can support these measures or be responsible for reckless spending and the largest tax hike in american history. >> rose: the white house has pledged to veto plan b as 2012 comes to a close it remains to be seen whether law lakers will rise above partisanship or avert fiscal crisis. joining me al hunt and july yana goldman. we want to talk about the fiscal cliff. we want to talk about white house appointments. we want to talk about gun control and we want to talk about hearings on capitol hill involving benghazi. but i'm pleased to have my friend julianna goldman and al hunt. and al joins me this evening in recognizing that i didn't have a tie, so he joins me. so thank you, sir. >> i love the look, charles. you've been covering the fiscal cliff, where are we? >> it is a big question, it's what white house officials a
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Dec 23, 2012 5:00pm PST
those that you see suffer and at the same time, you know, retain the name of action. you can keep doing things and be decisive. being thoughtful is not antithetical to being decisive. >> there was a scene that i knew immediately when we saw the movie i had to ask you about. lincoln walks from the white house to the telegraph center where he went regularly to receive messages from his generals and his reports from the battlefield. and he's sitting there almost as if he's talking to the two telegraph operators, but it's really a soliloquy in which he talks about euclid. >> euclid's first common notion is this: 'things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other.' that's a rule of mathematical reasoning. it's true because it works. has done and always will do. in his book, euclid says this is self-evident. you see, there it is. even in that 2,000 year old book of mechanical law, it is a self- evident truth that things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other." >> what led you to include that scene? >> i was fascinated to read that when he was already grown, l
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Dec 29, 2012 1:30am PST
action in san bruno and in richmond caused them to reassess that particular thing. pg&e is so far along now in terms of upgrading its infrastructure and doing the things that it should have been doing all along that it probably will be the model utility for the nation, if not now, in the very near future. >> but short of a disaster and an explosion, i mean, is there something to motivate companies, you know, like utilities and oil companies to make these moves? >> absolutely. i think the fines at pg&en is going to pay, i think they're going to be a shot across that everyone else better get this in order or at least be seriously working on, because if we find you, san diego edison or gas and electric or valero, if we find the similar problems here, this isn't going to be business as usual. we're not going to be chummy buddies as we were in the past. you're going to either fix this or you're going to find yourself looking down the barrel of lawsuits. and in fact, in the richmond case, the chevron richmond thing, two of the hottest attorneys on the planet have 4,800 clients and they'
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Dec 21, 2012 1:00am PST
after-hours action. quarterly earnings were stronger than expected with a double- digit sales increase for its nike brand in north america. google is selling its tv set-top cable box business to arris group. google inherited the business when it bought motorola mobility. google will get $2.4 billion in cash and stock. shares moved only a fraction. arris group jumped to a new 52 week high, up 3.6%. meantime, it is no deal for all- scripts health care solutions. the hospital services firm decided against selling itself, and instead named a board member as its new chief executive. shares fell 14.4% on very heavy volume as it now goes it alone. four of the five most actively traded exchange traded products ended higher, led by the financial sector fund. the nasdaq 100 tracking fund was unchanged. and that's tonight's "market focus." >> susie: 'tis the season to shop till you drop. retailers hope the stores will be crowded this weekend, and shoppers hope the lines will be short. from local gas stations to the grocery store, so called "tap and go" technology is surging in popularity. ruben r
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Dec 5, 2012 7:00pm PST
action today is not the start of a new wave of mass layoffs across corporate america. the nation's job market may not be robust, but it's not frozen, either. in fact, today, the payroll firm a.d.p. reported 118,000 new private sector jobs were added in november, fewer than in october. the blame for last month's slowdown in hiring falls squarely on hurricane sandy, not on any new or widespread weakness in the economy. >> i would expect that by december, we're going to see some bounce back. much of the disruption from sandy was people simply not being able to get to work or firms not employing people that they ordinarily would have. >> reporter: friday, the government will report it's monthly snapshot of the u.s. labor market. it, too, is likely to reflect temporary effects related to the aftermath of hurricane sandy. >> we're looking for only a 50,000 gain in jobs in november, well under that 170,000 average we've seen over the past three months. >> reporter: hurricane sandy's effects on hiring may be short- lived, but experts worry fiscal cliff concerns could result in a new storm brew
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Dec 21, 2012 4:00pm PST
syria where a lot of people are calling for much tougher action, how do you think he will respond to those problems? what will be his priority? >> you were saying earlier, the contrast between john kerry and susan rice. he knows barack obama well. they served together on the senate foreign relations committee. but he does not bring the relationship into the job that susan rice would have. part of it would be sitting down with the president and determining what is, aside from world events that are already on the to do list -- where does barack obama want to make his mark in the second term? middle east peace? global warming? immigration reform? obviously, that will determine to some extent where john kerry moves going forward. >> thank you very much for joining us. as we just heard, what to do about the ongoing civil war in syria will be one of the big questions facing the next secretary of state. nato accused the assad government today of continuing to fire more scud missiles on its own people, claiming it was an act of desperation of a regime nearing its end. making matters worse, t
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Dec 1, 2012 1:00am PST
taxes and spending. they're taking action now to pay shareholders, by declaring special dividends. today, whole foods became the latest in a slew of firms opting for one-time payouts. suzanne pratt reports on what's behind these investor pay-days. >> reporter: costco is doing it. brown forman-- the maker of jack daniels and finlandia is also doing it. today, even whole foods is finding it appetizing. they've all announced special dividends, eager to reward their shareholders with a nice check before expected tax increases happen next year. >> current law says that qualified dividend income tax rates are at 15%. and, if no legislation is passed between now and then end of the year, those rates would go up to as high as 43.4%. >> companies just want to pass along these dividends. it's a thank you to shareholders. it sparks interest in their stock. >> reporter: according to s&p, this month alone 216 companies have declared special dividends. last november only 72 firms decided to make similar payouts. this is not the first time u.s. companies have been so generous. exactly two year ago, the
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Dec 5, 2012 12:00am PST
would ever, ever bargain initiate an action that assured their own destruction? >> well, one thing about the iranian leaders that they have in common with the leaders of terrorist groups like bin laden, they are not strapping on the suicide bombs, they are very willing to see young people and handicapped people and so on strap these things on, but their lives mean a lot to them, and that is something in our hip pocket it seems to me. they want to stay alive and they want to stay in power. >> rose: i want to talk about that. one quick question about what you believe with respect to iran. you believe that an attack by rael will be a terrible thing to happen, because it would only delay the inevitable acquisition of nuclear weapons and that kind of capability? delay not destroy? >> first of all it won't destroy the nuclear program, and i would say that within the framework of a limited attack neither could we. we might delay it more or longer than the israelis, but i believe you can't put the technology back in the bottle and i think they would just go more covert and go deeper, i thi
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Dec 4, 2012 10:00pm PST
? >> no, in our industry, putting your hands on customer funds takes some deliberate actions. you have to make an active decision to convert those funds. and i think that's what happened. >> smith: how much money is still missing? >> i think it's a little over $1.5 billion. and it's not missing, it's at j.p. morgan. i mean, we know where the money is. >> narrator: j.p. morgan was mf global's banker. investigators are now trying to determine if, in those last desperate days, mf global executives intentionally transferred customer money to j.p. morgan to meet a margin call from the bank. >> smith: is it legal for them to take the money from the customer account to meet their margin calls? >> no, definitely not. >> smith: i mean, that's different than internal repo. >> it is different from internal repo. and i would argue it's actually an act of fraud. >> smith: an act of fraud. >> yeah, i think it could be prosecuted. >> narrator: corzine says he did not order the transfers. >> please. >> out of the way, folks. >> narrator: but, he insists, he will cooperate with investigators to find out w
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Dec 28, 2012 12:00am PST
action. and, if you used your smartphone to shop this christmas, you're in fashion. it was the year's top retail trend. we have that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! a dramatic cliff-hanger today between washington and wall street about the fiscal cliff. stocks initially sold off after senate majority leader harry
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Dec 18, 2012 3:00pm PST
yarmouk camp. the rebel action began friday in an effort to drive out a pro- government palestinian faction. the chief foreign correspondent for nbc news, richard engel, has escaped from kidnappers in northern syria. he and his crew said they were dragged from their car on thursday by gunman supporting the assad regime. they escaped last night when their captors became engaged in a firefight with rebel forces. engel spoke in turkey today, flanked by two of his crew. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all the help. the last five days are days that we would rather forget. if you can understand, we just came out now. we haven't even left yet. we're very tired. >> holman: engel said he and his colleagues were kept bound and blindfolded, and subjected to mock executions. it was unclear whether all of the crew members escaped. five people working with a u.n. polio vaccination campaign in pakistan were shot to death today, possibly as part of a taliban campaign. a sixth worker was killed a day earlier.
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Dec 29, 2012 1:00am PST
industrials were also weak. toyota got the okay from a u.s. judge on that massive class action settlement. the lawsuit was brought by car owners who lost value on their cars because of sudden, unintended acceleration problems. toyota shares fell 0.5% to just above $92 per share. apple says it will withdraw patent claims against a new samsung phone after the company said it will not sell the phone in the u.s. but apple shares still sold off, down more than $5 to $509. barnes and noble says british media company pearson is making a $90 million investment in its nook media unit. that's about a 5% stake. back in april, microsoft made a $300 million investment in the unit. looking at the players: shares of barnes and noble jumped more than 4% to almost $15 a share. pearson slipped a fraction. and microsoft lost 1.5%. wal-mart plans to start monitoring the warehouses of subcontractors it uses here in the u.s. the program stems from complaints of poor worker treatment at the warehouses. shares of wal-mart fell slightly closing at $67.61. some turbulence in merger talks between american airlines
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Dec 11, 2012 1:00am PST
market action that we've seen over the last couple of weeks is typical of what we see at the beginning of sustainable rallies. >> reporter: speaking of rallies, the s&p 500 is up about 12% this year. if that holds, it will be the best return for the index in two, and a few points better than its historical average. suzanne pratt, nbr, new york. >> tom: fast food diners dig in to mcdonald's cheddar bacon onion burger in november. still ahead, an update on much stronger sales at the golden arches. >> susie: christmas is still 15 days away, but fedex predicts today will be its busiest shipping day ever, over 19 million packages. that's more than double the company's typical daily volume, and a 10% jump from last year. today is also known as "green monday," and it kicks off one of the best weeks of the year for online retailers. erika miller reports. >> reporter: if you're wondering why today is called "green monday," its because of all the green changing hands. many of the sales are now online, so stores offer deep discounts to lure shoppers to their sites. the term "green monda
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Dec 19, 2012 4:00pm PST
making money, but today u.b.s. was forced to pay a massive amounts for actions federal regulators called shocking. the penalty was levied for trying to manipulate a key interest rates that affect our rowers around the world. the u.s. is hardly alone -- u.b.s. is hardly alone in having to pay. >> caught trying to manipulate important interest rates and punished with 940 million pounds of fines and confiscation of ill-gotten gains. >> this is some of the most shocking behavior we have seen to date. this was prevalent across the firm for five years when people were seeking to manipulate an internationally used benchmark used for millions and trillions of pounds of contracts in order to benefit their own trading position. >> u.b.s. traders colluded with other firms in market rigging. one u.b.s. a banker said to a broker, let me do one humongous deal. i will pay $100,000, whatever you want. i am a man of my word. the bank has been punished by switzerland, the u.k., and the u.s. >> make no mistake. for u.b.s. traders, the manipulation of libor is about getting rich. as one broker told a
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